Picks and Pans Review: Stories
At 68, Mayall—whose band the Bluesbreakers featured Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac's John McVie and ex-Rolling Stone Mick Taylor at points in the '60s—continues to possess an uncanny ability to find and foster talented musicians. While the British bluesman's reedy singing and boogie-woogieish organ playing are still prominently featured on this, his 52nd album, his current band makes a bright showing, especially resourceful guitarist Buddy Whittington and keyboard player Tom Canning. The disc's 14 tracks include "Oh, Leadbelly," on which Mayall and company pay fitting tribute to early blues pioneer Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter.
Bottom Line: Another fine chapter in a storied career